Essay about The World War I, By Marcel Duchamp And Salvador Dali

829 Words Apr 16th, 2016 4 Pages
World War 1 (1914-1918) was a torrential era in world history, exploiting entire societies; its people and industrial resources. According to Hunt (2012), soldiers found themselves socializing at times with the enemy and avoiding unnecessary battles, minimizing the already insurmountable casualties while maximizing the number of deadlocks. Moreover, the warfare landscape blurred and destabilized cultural classes, censored front line atrocities, and became a preamble to post-war moral questioning.

As a result, Dada, and later Surrealism, took front seats to the art forms that dated pre-World War 1. The need to decompress the feelings of illogicality, the aesthetics, or lack thereof, of Dada and Surrealism mirrored the new culture of disjointed and staccato thoughts. Intrinsically, Dada became an anti-establishment movement and took ridicule to what was known as high art by combining a political statement (manifesto) with a nonsensical approach to visual and performing arts, resulting in a hypocrisy to a utopian ideal.

Two visual artists, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali, will be explored during this essay and a connection will be made to a caused reflection of societal ethos towards logic and rationality. It is also of this author’s opinion that the philosophy of Nietzsche and analysis of Sigmund Freud influenced the randomness and dehumanized art which became known as Dada.

After the horrific experiences of World War 1, a feeling of pessimism and delusion…

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